Program 4, SF Ballet

San Francisco Ballet’s Program 4 achieved a triumphant success with its production of Jerome Robbins’ “Dances at a Gathering” (1969). To the admirable playing of 18 pieces of Chopin’s music (mazurkas, waltzes, etudes, a scherzo and a nocturne, performed by  ...

Program 3, SF Ballet

There’s something of a puppeteer at play in “Manifesto,” Myles Thatcher’s impressive new work for San Francisco Ballet. Dancers emerge airily from the wings, as if suspended from invisible strings, gliding in and out in patterns symmetrical or not, their  ...

Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo

(pri·ma don·naˌprēmə ˈdänə/ “a very temperamental person with an inflated view of their own talent or importance.”) For forty years "Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo" (Trocks) hasn’t been taking classical ballet very seriously… and that’s the good news. The  ...

Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion

From the minute Kyle Abraham hit the stage in “Pavement,” dribbling an imaginary basketball then taking that movement into fluid modern dance and back, his signature hip hop, streetwise trademark was in motion. It is that simple urban beat--something  ...

Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley

There are ballets that put all of a company’s bona fides to the test—stamina, virtuosity, ensemble quality, and of course, its ranking dancers’ stage personalities and technical skills. Among them are Harold Lander’s “Etudes,” Jerome Robbins’ “Fancy Free,” Twyla Tharp’s  ...

“Enticing Beauty” Diablo Ballet

How many boutique, suburban-based companies can celebrate a 22nd season with a smartly staged program featuring works by such choreographers as George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon, Sean Kelly, Sonya Delwaide, and Robert Dekkers? You can count them on the fingers of  ...

A Meditation on Giselle Casting

Without Hilarion there is no “Giselle.” He is the crude gamekeeper whose manners may be wanting, but who never confuses right with wrong. He is the conscience and compass of this story ballet. Without him, it is the banal tale  ...

Two Debuts in One ‘Giselle,’ SF Ballet

Like Odette/Odile in “Swan Lake,” the title role in “Giselle” requires not only technical mastery but also (and more crucially) the ability to create two distinct visions onstage. In “Giselle,” the duty is even more burdensome: unlike Odette/Odile in “Swan  ...

San Francisco Ballet 2015 Gala

The 2015 San Francisco Ballet Gala marks the 30th anniversary of Helgi Tomasson’s tenure as Artistic Director. All three events of the evening, the pre-performance dinner, performance and after-party, were sold-out weeks in advance, and the event, which rallied members  ...